Lithuanian Male Model Wins Taiwan National Bouldering Comp

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photo – H&M

In an unexpected turn of events, Lithuanian male model Kipras Baltrunas has just won Taiwan’s 2014 National Bouldering championships. While a dark knight in Taiwan, Kipras actually comes with considerable competition experience, having represented his country in Bouldering at numerous IFSC World Cups. With all 3 medalists making 2 tops in the finals, the rankings boiled down to bonus and top attempts, with Kipras climbing smoother than the rest to take down the gold.

photo - Yu-Cheng Su

photo – Yu-Cheng Su

Held at Civic Bouldering Gym over the weekend, the National Championships are Taiwan’s premier boulding comp and also serves to select national team members. Foreigners such as Kipras, however are disqualified from this selection.

2nd and 3rd place in the competition were Taiwanese climbers, with young up-and-comer  Chin Tzu-Hsiang dethroning the reigning champ Chang Yeu-Shiang for the first time.

On the women’s side, National champion Hung Ying Lee soared ahead with 3 tops in 4 attempts.  Chia-Hui Hsieh from B-Plus placed a distant 2nd with 0 tops and 3 bonus holds in 3 attempts.  3rd place Mei-zi Lan followed close behind with 3 bonus holds in 5 attempts.
Source: Wanjung Chang – Facebook



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